Looking for good anti-virus software that's low on memory resource

TGT_Gaming

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Hello,

What are the best anti-virus softwares out there that won't hog up my computer and make it slow while I'm gaming?

Also, are anti-virus softwares worth buying or will I be fine with just the free versions? How much more protection does the premium versions of AV have than the free versions?
 

PhilFrisbie

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First, the free versions are generally just fine for virus protection. The more expensive 'complete protection' suites contain additional protection against browser hacks, scanning of email, etc.

Second, ALL virus protection uses a lot of memory due to the shear number of virus signatures they must keep in memory.

Now, there are things you can do to prevent your virus protection from slowing down your game. The easiest is to tell the virus protection to NOT scan your game folder on access, only on write. That will prevent slowdowns when loading the games files.
 
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